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parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: illustrated, illustrates, illustrating
definition 1: to explain or clarify by giving examples or presenting a graphic representation.
My father always used examples from his own life experience to illustrate his point.The gym teacher illustrated how the move should be done by demonstrating it herself.The drawing on the opposite page helped illustrate the concept.
demonstrate, exemplify
similar words:
clarify, delineate, elucidate, evince, exhibit, explain, explicate, illuminate, manifest, present, represent, show
definition 2: to provide pictures or drawings for (a book, story, or other work).
The artist illustrated the book with very detailed drawings.
See a movie for this meaning
similar words:
delineate, depict, draw, embellish, illuminate, portray, represent, sketch
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make something clear with examples.
Your last point isn't clear to me; could you please illustrate?
similar words:
elucidate, explain
derivation: illustrated (adj.)
Word History
Illustrate comes from a Latin word that means "light up." The words "luster" and "lustrous" come from related Latin words.
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  • illustrated:
    having pictures.
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  art, education
Word Parts
The word illustrate contains the following parts:
il-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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The prefix il-1 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-1 used before roots beginning with "l," such as "lum."
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lustr Latin root that means shine
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).